Quit Paris now: Mining Chiefs

November 16, 2018

Hugh Morgan (pictured), one of Australia’s most outspoken and influential conservative voices, has joined former BHP chairman Jerry Ellis to lead a new lobby group calling for Australia to leave the Paris Agreement and stop funding ­global climate-change efforts - a move Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has been advocating for years.

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Mr Morgan, a Liberal Party member and former chief executive of Western Mining Corporation, said Western millennials had embraced alarmism over climat­e change as a new secular religion after being indoctrinated by the education system.

The new lobby, the Saltbush Group, rejects the idea of a consens­us on man-made global warming.

It says it wants both sides of Australian politics to put aside party interests to focus on what’s best for Australian business, workers, consumers and the ­environment.

The Saltbush Group is chaired by Mr Ellis, who has argued the balance has been lost between ­environmental and economic outcomes.

A statement issued by the group said members included scienti­sts, knights, senators and MPs including a former premier, cabinet ministers, mayors, compan­y directors, corporate executiv­es, international negotiators, and senior state and federa­l public ­servants.

The group said many members did not want their names made public because they feared that exposure would harm their prospects for employment, promo­tion or business.

Mr Morgan, who has been a leading conservative voice for indust­rial relations reforms, said the climate-change movement had a much broader agenda.

“People think the Paris Accord is just about commitments to lower CO2. It is really about transferring wealth via the UN to the so-called less-developed countries. It’s about advancing centralised control of people’s lives on a global scale," Mr Morgan said.

Mr Morgan said the “climate alarm movement has got so far because of backing by Western millennials who have been indoctrinated during their education”.

“Enjoying living standards unprecede­nted in world history, they have embraced alarmism as a new secular religion,” Mr Morga­n said.

Senator Bernardi has again called on Sky News for Australia to pull out of the Paris Agreement and adopt a common sense approach to providing Australians with electricity.

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